Michael is a local small business owner, educator and entrepreneur. He is the owner of Beautiful Earth Garden Shop, a garden shop with a focus on organic and natural production, in Lawsonville, NC. Michael is an avid proponent of organic agriculture and local food production. Michael grew up in northern Stokes County and attended Stokes County schools.
An avid nature lover from childhood, Michael became interested in agriculture at early age helping out on his grandparents 80-acre farm. Summers were spent helping out with local tobacco crops and playing sports.
Michael received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Broadcast Communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Master’s of Science in Agriculture from NC A&T State University. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Institute at NC State University. Michael was the Agricultural Extension agent in Stokes County from 2002 through 2011 and dedicated his duties to assisting small and limited resource farmers in their efforts to transition away from the waning tobacco industry to more environmentally sustainable farming endeavors.
He also educated local youth through the 4-H summer fun gardening program from 2003 through 2011, which taught 4-H students the fine art of growing their own food organically. Michael participated in Environmental Awareness Days at Hanging Rock State Park through the Stokes County Soil and Water Conservation office from 2003 through 2011. The program taught 5th graders across Stokes County the importance of being aware of, caring for and nurturing our environment. Michael was the Farmers’ Market coordinator in Stokes County from 2003 until 2010 and assisted local farmers in the development and expansion of three local farmers’ markets throughout Stokes County.
Michael is a previous President of the local civic organization Sandy Ridge Ruritans, which assist in local community efforts. Michael volunteers throughout the County promoting local food production in a sustainable and organic manner. Michael is passionate about protecting and preserving the environment and not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. Michael currently lives in Sandy Ridge on acreage that was originally part of the 80-acre farm where he grew up.
Married to Katherine Stewart
Lived in Stokes County 27 years
Two daughters, one grandson and two granddaughters
Vietnam Era Veteran
I have worked in jobs and crafts that I enjoyed, and in each I relied on my education of our public schools, I believe in and support our public school system.
God tells us to be good caretakers of the earth; I have always tried to keep that Christian value.
KYP, three letters that mean a lot; Keep Your Promise. I promise to work for the betterment of our schools, to encourage economic growth and to protect our air and water.
Eva lives in northern Wilkes County. She grew up in Guilford College. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, where she worked her way through college as a work-study student. She earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She taught 4th grade in Ashe County and over her career has worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Minnesota, Indiana and Boone, North Carolina.
She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. Since returning to North Carolina and after taking up residence in Wilkes County in 1995 she has continued her volunteer work by serving on the Board of the National Committee for the New River, where she wrote the original grant proposal for the stream bank restoration program. She also serves on the Paul and Florence Thomas Memorial Art School and the Ashe Civic Center. She is active in organizing the annual Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride. She has been an active member of her church for over 40 years.
In all these organizations she has gained a reputation for close monitoring of expenditures. If chosen to serve the District, she will take that habit to Raleigh. She has been married to Clyde for 53 years and is blessed with a daughter and son and five grandchildren.
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